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Health effects of increasing income for the elderly: evidence from a Chilean pension program

Miglino, E., Navarrete Hernandez, N., Navarette Hernandez, G. & Navarette Hernandez, P. (2022). Health effects of increasing income for the elderly: evidence from a Chilean pension program. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,

Abstract

We estimate the effect of a permanent income increase on the health outcomes of the elderly poor. Our regression discontinuity design exploits an eligibility cut-off in a Chilean basic pension program that grants monthly payments to retirees without a contributory pension. Using administrative data we find that, four years after applying, basic pension recipients are 2.7 percentage points less likely to have died. Survey evidence suggests an increase in food consumption and visits to health centers as relevant drivers of the mortality reduction.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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